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70 Aquilae

Altitude: -9.2°   Azimuth: 277.5°   Direction: West

70 Aquilae is a bright giant star in the constellation of Aquila.

70 Aquilae visual magnitude is 4.89. Because of its moderate brightness, 70 Aquilae should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 70 Aquilae:

Bright giant

70 Aquilae is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -9.2°
Azimuth: 277.5°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 70 Aquilae

70 Aquilae is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 70 Aquilae are provided in the following table:

20h 36m 43s
-02° 32’ 59”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 70 Aquilae in the sky:

Finder chart 70 Aquilae star
Simplified finder chart for 70 Aquilae.

Visibility of 70 Aquilae from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 70 Aquilae rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.6°
Max altitude: 36.0°
Azimuth: 267.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 70 Aquilae

The image below is a photograph of 70 Aquilae from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 70 Aquilae is 0.013 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.011 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 70 Aquilae star
DSS2 image of 70 Aquilae. The red arrow shows the motion of 70 Aquilae during the next 10000 years (2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 70 Aquilae from the Sun and relative movement

70 Aquilae is distant 2,202.70 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.

675.68 pc
2,202.70 ly
-10 km/s
0.013 arcsec/year
-0.011 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 70 Aquilae

70 Aquilae belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 70 Aquilae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 70 Aquilae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 70 Aquilae